I love all types of books and recently found two very
different but equally fun novels for the age 8 to 10 crowd.
The first is The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Known for his picture books, Henkes has done
a number of novels as well. This time we
find our hero, Billy (a few days before he goes into second grade) falling and
bumping his head! Making him think he might not be smart enough now! And while there
are a few other bumps along the way,
Billy learns that being smart comes in all forms! Told in four sections in the
voice of Billy, this is a great early read from a beloved children’s author and
illustrator. And Henkes illustrations pepper the text.
This story is a great novel for a child starting to read
those longer books with those pesky chapters, but set up in a way that is easy
and fun. Plus, it will be a great read aloud for the younger child.
And then we have Salem Hyde. She is a stubborn, independent
and impulsive...witch. And boy does she get into some fun situations
when her spelling goes array! Frank
Cammuso new graphic novel series, The Misadventures of Salem Hyde will have you
in stitches as Salem is trained by her cat-companion Percival J. Whamsford
III. However, it isn’t an easy task! Has
Percival meet a witch he can’t train? Can Salem learn how to listen and work
with someone so she can learn to spell…and get through the troubles of regular school?
Both of these books are fun and great gifts for your holiday
shopping…or just for a little something to rest after the craziness of a school
day! You can find these and other great
books for your little reader, big reader and yourself at the Northshire